Mark Wales is the winner of Australian Survivor: Blood v Water (season 9). He was the second contestant ever in the Australian Survivor history to receive a unanimous 10-0-0 jury vote and take home that stunning AUS $500,000 prize.
Delve into this life as this Mark Wales Bio proceeds.
Mark Wales On Australian Survivor: Blood v Water
Mark Wales was named the victor of Australian Survivor: Blood v Water on April 4, 2022 ep of the show. The ep started with the final four Shay Lajoie, Chrissy Zaremba, Josh Millgate, and Mark, where Shay went on to win the long and grueling final 4 immunity challenge.
Then, Josh was voted out unanimously. Following this, the 10-member jury (which included Mark’s wife) intensely questioned the final three and the votes were read live on set. And what do we know? Mark won with a 10-0-0 vote.
This was the second time in the history of Australian Survivor anyone ever received a unanimous vote. The first one was in season 6 (in 2019) where Pia Miranda beat Baden Gilbert.
Just before the final ep, Mark took it to his IG to write, “Whatever happened out there, I always reminded myself that the night is always darkest before the dawn – there’s always hope. I’m lucky to have played Survivor twice.”
In case you don’t know, Mark first appeared in the Australian Survivor back in 2017. Unfortunately, his relationship with Sam Gash — labeled a “power couple” by Henry Nicholson and Jacqui Patterson — got many to team up and strategically vote them out before they became a threat.
However, this “power couple” returned to the show for its 9th installment and went on to become the last couple standing.
Mark Wales SAS Career
Even since a child, Mark Wales always wanted to be in the Australian military. So, after completing high school, Mark went on to join the Australian Defense Force Academy and graduated with a bachelors’ degree in history and political science in 1999. Thus, effective from January 2019, Mark officially became a part of the Australian Army.
Over his 13 and a half years of SAS career, Mark, as a Troop Commander, has led 30 elite soldiers on the battlefields of Afghanistan. Reportedly, his job there was to oversee combat missions against senior enemy commanders, deep behind enemy lines.
So, after retiring from the military in 2012, Mark went on to join the Wharton School and graduated with a master of business administration degree in 2014.
Later, Mark then joined McKinsey & Company and worked there as a consultant for over 3 years until he founded The Younger Heroes (an org reconnecting veteran parents with their children) in 2017. However, Mark felt that these jobs lacked excitement. Thus, he went on to become a participant in Australian Survivor, meanwhile also writing books about his journey.
His book, Survivor: Life in the SAS (published by Pan Macmillan Australia) was available for $34.99.
As of 2022, Mark also runs his special ops-designed outerwear company called Kill Kapture.
How Old Is Mark Wales?
Mark Wales was 42 years of age when he appeared on Australian Survivor: Blood v Water in 2022.
Also, his co-contestant, Christine “Chrissy” Zaremba was 42 then too.
Mark Wales Wife
If you’re a fan of Australian Survivor, Mark Wales’ wife must be no mystery to you.
Mark’s first met the love of his life, Samantha Gas in May 2017, during the filming of Australian Survivor season 4. On the tribe, they bonded quite strongly, which was also the reason others teamed up to get them eliminated.
So, a year after leaving the island, Mark and Samantha then went on to have their first child Harry on March 23, 2018. The two then exchanged vows the next year on December 12, 2019. Their wedding was officiated by Jacqui Patterson (the woman who orchestrated their eliminations).
Looking back, Samantha said that their love story was one for the books and most definitely beyond a reality TV show. “In you (Mark) I have found a thought partner, a partner in adventure, the father of our child and a husband,” she once wrote.
Mark Wales Height
Mark Wales stands tall at a height of 6 feet 3 inches (180 cm) and weighs 107 kg (136 lbs).
His district features include — a square face and a huge body.
Has Mark Wales Revealed His Parents?
Yes, Mark Wales has featured his parents quite a few times over his IG.
According to him, his dad was “the best” and now that he’s a father himself, he understands how much his dad put work into him. As for his mother, Mark shared that he misses her and often featured her pics on mother’s day.
Talking about Mark’s siblings, he has a brother named Daniel Wales.
Daniel was married to Deanne Wales and together, they share two beautiful kids.
Did you know: Mark’s late grandfather George McEwinr was in the military too. He fought in Morotai against the Japanese Imperial Army.
When Is Mark Wales’s Birthday?
Mark receives his birthday wishes on November 3, making him of the Scorpio zodiac.
Where Was Mark Wales Born?
He was born in Perth, Western Australia.
But as of 2022, he resided in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
How Much Is Mark Wales Net Worth?
In 2022, Mark Wales’ net worth was above $2 million.